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It seems like just yesterday that Judge Andy Devine gaveled to order the first meeting of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments in the offices of the City of Oregon. But it was 1968...read more
Training Opportunity for Water/Wastewater Professionals
Registration is open for a robust training program that offers contact hours and continuing education credits for professional staff of water supply and wastewater treatment plants. The TMACOG program is also valuable for professional engineers, public administrators, and others responsible for decision-making in the operation of public utilities. There is a discounted admission for TMACOG member governments and agencies....read more
The Village of Bairdstown in Wood County, between North Baltimore and Fostoria, will soon complete a project to connect all households to sanitary sewers. Households that had been using aging septic systems will close those systems and tap into main sewer lines. The village’s wastewater will now be treated by the new wastewater treatment plant in the Village of Bloomdale. The project was funded by a Community Development Block Grant and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
TMACOG Water Quality Planner Kris Barnswell said, “The village had been noted as a ‘critical sewage area’ based on the use of septic systems for home sewage treatment, and the age of the systems in use. The new treatment system is a big upgrade for the village.”
April is Volunteer Month
Clear Water Clean Choices invites everyone to volunteer to protect the environment in April. Log on to the website, take a pledge, and join friends and neighbors in making a difference...read more
Bike Month-Full of Action
There are events for every type of cyclist in May’s Bike Month activities. Join a group ride, ride your bike to work, or learn more about cycling for recreation and transportation...read more
Wabash Cannonball Trail Improvements
The 63-mile Wabash Cannonball Trail in Fulton, Henry, Lucas, and Williams counties will have a new section of asphalt paving improvements in the summer of 2018. Six miles of pavement will be laid down on the north fork of the trail, replacing existing gravel surface. The new section will extend west from the Lucas County border into Fulton County. There is a possibility for a new trailhead near the community of Neapolis near the Maumee State Forest.
The Wabash Trail is made up of two long trails that converge in Maumee, the easternmost point of the trail. The north fork runs east-west for 46 miles, and the south fork makes up the balance. View the trail map and learn more about one of Ohio’s longest multi-use trails here.
Surface Transportation Funding Available
TMACOG’s Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP) is accepting applications for the newest round of the surface transportation block grant program (STBGP). The deadline for applications is June 29. There is approximately $12 million available for projects that would be put in the schedule now with construction scheduled for fiscal years 2023 and 2024.
The surface transportation program is primarily for roadway and bridge reconstruction and resurfacing. Funding is available for any federal-aid-eligible road in Lucas or Wood County.
Members of the TIP committee have recently reviewed the way grant applications are scored. Because traffic volume and congestion weigh heavily into the scoring system, roads in some smaller communities couldn’t compete for local STBGP funds. Modifications in the scoring tables will give those roads a better chance.
For more information about the TIP, contact Transportation Planner Lance Dasher, 419.241.9155 ext. 1115.
State Award for Excellence
Congratulations to Bill Best, TMACOG vice president of Finance & Administration, and to the Finance, Audit & Administration Committee. TMACOG has again been recognized by the Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost for excellence in financial reporting with an Auditor of State Award.
The award is presented to local governments and school districts upon completion of a financial audit that meets the state’s criteria including an audit with no material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, or questioned costs. TMACOG has been recognized with the award annually for several years.
Search all state audits here.
Public Administration Associate
Austin Mack joined TMACOG in February in the position of public administration associate. He will be working on policy development and implementation in the Transportation department. His primary responsibilities are the development of the Transportation Legislative Agenda and contributing policy positions to the update of the long range transportation plan. He will also be working on the Gohio Commute initiative, participating in Bike Month, and planning for TMACOG Tech sessions.
Austin’s education and work experience have prepared him for the job. After completing his bachelor’s degree in public administration from Michigan State, he worked on political campaigns for three of Toledo’s former mayors. He also ran for office himself – for clerk of Bedford Township. His experience has persuaded him that the current state of partisanship can be a barrier to entry for public service. TMACOG’s non-partisan role appeals to him. “I’m not interested in party politics, I’m here to focus on the work of government,” he said. He also recognizes the value of working across boundaries. “When we work together as a region, we can pull more resources to address our shared challenges.”
He’s looking forward to meeting TMACOG members and learning about their challenges and visions for the future in Ohio and Michigan. Austin is a lifelong resident of Bedford Township.
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